The Annunciation

(Mary’s Hope)


By Matthew Sparks


Light pierces darkness

Dreams fade into reality


I am transfixed

Caught in between time and space



From a lowly state


Captured by beauty

Consumed by other-worldly rays

What once was

Will be no more


My heart soars

Strength is renewed


Beauty is found

Simplicity reigns above all else


Spirit reaches out

Grasping a human hand


Whispers of hope

Echo softly


Life grows

Death is conquered


Love consumes

My pounding heart


I will be free

All will be free


Be it done unto me

     According to Your will


Mary’s Song of Praise

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Luke 1:46-56